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FSU’s Public Art & Architectural Art Specialized Studies Program

FSU’s Public Art & Architectural Art Program is designed to explore the dynamic diversity of Public and Architectural Art as well as principles of a professional practice.  Undergraduate art students examine theoretical and practical issues in the design and execution of projects, some of which are actualized.

If you are an FSU Art major and have, or will have, completed your Foundations requirements during the same semester, you are eligible to take classes selectively if you have completed all foundations courses.

The following Public Art courses are open to ALL art students (no application needed):Public Art_Blue

  • ART3845, Entering the Public Sphere: How to Apply for Public Art Commissions (fall semester)
  • ART4928C, Public Art Studio – Design/Build: a hands-on investigation of art in the public sphere
  • ART4929C, Public Art Studio – Design Strategies: professional proposal development and project execution (spring semester)
  • ARH3405 Contemporary Art for Public Spaces (online course), (fall and spring semester) counts as Art History credit

What are the advantages to the Public Art Program:

  • Summer internships with established artists in the world of public art, such as Ursal von Rydingsvaard and Mary Miss.
  • Funding to complete public artworks in the city of Tallahassee and in the surrounding area in the Public Art Studio – Design Strategies course and Capstone course.
  • Support for summer internships available but competitive
  • Formally awarded certificate and cords upon successful completion of the Public Art Capstone course.

ARH3405 Contemporary Art for Public Spaces (Online): Offered Fall and Spring

Instructor: Amy Bowman

This undergraduate survey course will address key conceptual issues as they relate to the function(s) of public art/architectural art. Discussions will include the history, theories and models of public art, contemporary social/cultural issues associated with creating art for the public sphere, relationship to architecture/environment, and analysis of existing public art projects.

ART4928C Public Art Studio – Design/Build: a hands-on investigation of art in the public sphere. Offered Fall Only.

Instructor: Kevin Curry; Prerequisites: All Foundations Courses

Recommended to take Sculpture I before or concurrently (not required).

The overall goal of this course is to provide you with the tools needed to think critically about the realm of “public” art.  This involves exploring such issues as site, location, geography, perception and practicality through research and exploration.  This course will explore the process of researching, applying for and presenting ideas related to art in the public realm.

ART3845 Entering the Public Sphere: How to Apply for Public Art Commissions. Offered Fall Only.

Instructor: Anne Stagg; Prerequisites: All Foundations Courses

This undergraduate course provides information about the process of applying for public art commissions including in-depth information about each component of the application. Students will go through the process of designing a public art project and creating a complete proposal.  This course will provide insight into the business side of public art and the experiences of creating a proposal that will elucidate the beginning steps of creating work for the public sphere.

ART4929C Public Art Studio – Design Strategies: professional proposal development and project execution. Offered Spring Only.

Instructor: Kenn Von Roenn; Prerequisites: All Foundations Courses; Recommended to take Sculpture I before or concurrently (not required)

The objectives of this studio are for students to:
– Learn and apply a specific design methodology in developing solutions for actual projects in local communities, which may be selected to be executed and installed
– D
evelop presentation skills in model making, renderings, and photomontages
– P
repare budgets and production plans for the execution of a design concept